Call for Papers: ‘Information and its Communication in Wartime’

School of Advanced Study, Senate House, University of London

25th and 26th July 201

Campaign Posters

Campaign posters, 1942. © IWM (D 12029)

As part of the AHRC-funded project ‘A Publishing and Communications History of the Ministry of Information, 1939-46’, we are holding an international conference on the subject of information and its communication in wartime. Although we have a particular interest in the Second World War, we wish to set this in a much larger context, so would welcome papers discussing the theme in any period and in any area.

Among the subjects that might be addressed are:

Reporting from the frontline

The home front

Mobilising writers

Control of news


The uses of religion


Representing the enemy

Graphic and other non-textual means of communication

Slogans and icons

The periodical press


Distribution in wartime

Anticipating a post-war world

Please send proposals (maximum 300 words) for papers of twenty minutes length, along with a short autobiographical note (maximum 100 words) to Professor Simon Eliot ( by 15 December, 2016.